Berylicious (or What I Did On My Summer Vacation)

October 2, 2016 § 1 Comment

This summer after road tripping to Canada, I made a stop in NYC to get a rock fix. There’s a dealer that gets heart stopping stuff and, let me just say, I have a problem. I am a rock addict. I admit it, and apparently I do nothing (except give in). Here’s a tray with some of my stash. Note the green stuff (beryl) towards the right.

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Addictive strands.

A couple of sights on my way to do the deal.

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Then I went home, and got to work.

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Polished Green Beryl Crystal & Prehnite Necklace

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Aquamarine & Green Beryl Crystal Earrings

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Raw Aquamarine Crystal Pendant, Polished Beryl On A Strand of Aquamarine Discs

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Polished Green Beryl Crystal Pendant

Sometimes, the simple stuff is all you need.

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Simple Polished Beryl Crystal Earrings

Click on a photo to take you to the shop for more info.

Hope you had fun on YOUR summer vacation!

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Orange You Inspired?

July 14, 2016 § 3 Comments

Many years ago, when I first visited Paris, I vowed I would go back and see ALL the art I missed. This year I got to do just that. Well, almost.

It seems water (as in flooding) likes to follow me wherever I go (FYI: I live in New Orleans!) and, so of course a couple of days after I arrived, so did the flood; which in turn closed down The Louvre and some other institutions of art. However, I did manage to tour Musee D’Orsay and L’Orangerie before they had to shut down and move the art. So my dream of seeing Monet’s Lilies did come true! Not to mention all the spots that stayed open throughout the 10 day downpour (Musée Rodin, Musée Picasso, etc). Enough about the art. The real BIG deal of my trip was a visit to a teeny tiny boutique on Rue Saint Honoré, an exquisite jewel box. The shop of one of my idols: Lydia Courteille. Well, let me just say, it was going to be enough for me just to look and swoon, but there SHE was! And so gracious and lovely. I got to touch and pet her work, and talk to the designer herself. Here’s proof:

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Lydia (Courteille, classy) & Lydia (me, giddy)

Ms. Courteille’s work is over the top fantasy. I’m not making this up, check out her stuff here: http://www.lydiacourteille.com/

Well, enough about that Lydia. This Lydia came home inspired by all that pavé, and pulled out a couple of jewel encrusted crystals (pavé created by Mother Nature)!Here’s what they became:

 

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Spessartite Garnet Encrusted Smokey Quartz Crystal Pendant Necklace

 

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Smokey Quartz Crystal Studded With Spessartite Garnet Crystals with a Triple Strand of Pyrite Chain

Since I was on an “Orange You Glad” theme, I made this bracelet with a larger spessartite crystal (and a “bestie”)!

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Raw Spessartite Garnet Crystal Cuff With Diamond

Staying on the “orange” theme: gorgeous Mexican fire opal (love the spots).

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Mexican Fire Opal Ring

Clicking on an image will take you to the shop for more info. While you’re at it, you can check out some of the other Beautiful Blondes, including some wonderful “redhead edition” pieces here: http://boutique.ledajewelco.com/collections/beautiful-blondes

Hope everyone is having fun in the sun and enjoying summer. I am still dreaming of Paris!

A Bientôt.

 

His Purpleness

May 10, 2016 § Leave a comment

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called life

You could practically feel everyone’s hearts breaking last month, when the shocking news of Prince’s death hit the news. We have lost so many talents this year already: David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard, Keith Emerson.

Good grief – it’s all too much.

Whenever I don’t know how to handle a loss, I play with my rocks for therapy. This time they are purple. For the “Her Purpleness” jewelry collection, my tribute to His Purpleness.

You can check out these and other “Her Purpleness” pieces here: http://boutique.ledajewelco.com/collections/her-purpleness

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“There are those who do not realize that one day we all must die. But those who do realize this settle their quarrels”. Buddhist teaching.

RIP Prince

Blue Valentine

April 19, 2016 § Leave a comment

My latest batch of goodies:

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Indicolite Crystal Slice (aka blue tourmaline) Double Gemstone Bangle Cuff

And to match:

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Indicolite (aka blue tourmaline) Crystal Slice Pendant

One of the unusual pieces I bought in Tucson this year, was a beautiful piece of heart shaped chrysocolla; from the Inspiration mine in Arizona (often referred to as “gem silica”). It reminded me of the sea, I paired it with a giant freshwater pearl, and tropical blue apatite.

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Chrysocolla Necklace with Apatite & Freshwater Pearl

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Batch Of Australian Boulder Opal Rings

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Natural Turquoise Earrings with Australian Boulder Opal Drops

Check out what’s in the shop here: http://boutique.ledajewelco.com/collections/home

Or email me if you want something made just for you: lydia@ledajewelco.com

Happy Spring!

Lydia

Aquae

March 9, 2016 § Leave a comment

If I had to pick my favorite find in Tucson, it would be this:

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Raw Beryl Crystal Strand with Iron Oxide Inclusions

It was sold to me as an “aquamarine” strand with inclusions. I’d never seen anything like it, very rare and unusual. It is a very pale green/blue color, so to me, it would be “beryl”. Either way, I fell in love with it.

Not only that, but I found these two fabulous pieces that I believe must have come from the same mine in Brazil:

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Beautifully Cut! Faceted Beryl With Inclusions

What to do what to do…

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Playing With The Lovelies

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Almost finished!

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Beryl Aquamarine & Citrine Necklace on Leather

I may be keeping this necklace for myself!

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Faceted Beryl and Raw Beryl – Earrings?

Since I was only able to snag 2 of the faceted pieces, I was thinking of “Miss Matching” earrings with a raw crystal to complement the faceted one. The jury is still out on this, it may become a pendant or another necklace. Opinions and comments welcome!

More stuff:

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Aquamarine Sugarloaf Cabochon Earrings with Raw Beryl Crystal Drops

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Raw Crystal Beryl Pendant & Earrings

Since this is March and aquamarine is the birthstone, these really are (for true!) aquamarines:

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Herkimer Diamond Earrings with Emerald Cut Aquamarine Drops

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Rose Cut Moss Aquamarine Double Drop Earrings

You can check out what’s for sale in the shop here: http://boutique.ledajewelco.com/

If you want to snag one of these crystals for your own fine self, send an email to: lydia@ledajewelco.com and we can make it happen.

Overdose

February 15, 2016 § 1 Comment

Tucson Arizona at the end of January, and beginning of February: Motel rooms become gem shops. Tents spring up all over town overflowing with rocks and minerals. Convention centers bring the world to town with cases and cases of gemstones, fossilized shark teeth and glittery druzy. I am in my element.

This is what I wake up to every morning:

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Sunrise in Tucson AZ

Then I hit the ground running and start the quest. Here are some of the highlights I managed to snag:

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Trapiche Sapphires

Trapiche, taken from the Spanish word meaning “a spoked wheel” used to grind sugar cane. These sapphires resemble the pattern. Found in Myanmar (formerly Burma). Very rare, collectors’ items.

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Raw Orange Kyanite

Beautiful raw strand. For self esteem, creativity and positivity.

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RARE Aquamarine Crystal Slices

Rare, rare, rare AND HUGE aquamarine crystal slices (Gem dealers were stalking me for this find!)

 

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More aquamarines!

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Variscite

Sometimes confused with turquoise; variscite is greener. Brings peace and harmony.

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Azurite: Relieves stress & worry.

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Australian Boulder Opals

I can never have enough opals in my stash. These are so beautiful, they made me weep.

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Indicolite (aka Blue Tourmaline) crystal slices.

Rare (there’s that word again!) blue tourmaline crystal slices. Sigh.

Some people have no sense of humor. I was so taken by some of the displays, I broke out into song; specifically the chorus of Itchycoo Park by the Small Faces (“it’s all too beautiful, it’s all too beautiful”), no one joined in. They actually moved away. At least I had fun.

Small Faces aren’t your generation? Have a listen here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14ViwvgtvbA

Look out for some new work coming soon, as soon as I stop the drooling and the singing.

For finished pieces to buy, go here: http://boutique.ledajewelco.com/

 

 

 

Kissed Wrist

January 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

It’s a NEW Year! For most people it means resolutions, for moi it means gearing up for the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR (code for Tucson gem shows). It’s always exciting to add more rocks to my cache (some people call it hoarding, I call it “collecting”).

I selected some rocks I’m willing to part with, and made a few things for the wrist (again).

For more info for the available pieces, go to the shop: http://boutique.ledajewelco.com/

 

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Natural raw pink kunzite crystal set with diamond, and balanced with rose cut purple Ceylon sapphire.

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Crystal quartz point with Australian boulder opal.

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Big honkin’ raw pink kunzite pendant.

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Double shot of watermelon tourmaline.

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Double shot of rose cut pear shaped emeralds.

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Double shot of aquamarine.

Hope everyone enjoys the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR as much as I do; no matter where you are. If the Goddesses are willing, I’ll do a post or two from Tucson! Or at least a postcard that says “Wish you were here”.